Marwaan in IPS reports on an IPS organized forum of more than 220 journalists from Southeast Asia held in Thailand:
“The Thai media revealed a lack of professionalism in reporting about the Preah Vihear temple dispute,” said Puangthong Pawakapan, assistant professor at the department of international relations at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University. “Misinformation fed the feelings in most Thai press reports.”
/>”The media displayed a very nationalistic streak,” added Puangthong. “As long as the Thai media adopt a nationalistic view and refuse to investigate all the available documents related to the temple issue, they are part of the obstacles to a peaceful solution to the Thai-Cambodia problem.”
Then also on coverage of Burmese migrant workers:
Consequently, research on stories about Burmese migrant workers, who have fled their military-ruled country for low-paying jobs, shows that they are often portrayed as “criminals,” with accompanying “sensationalist headlines“.
/>Furthermore, a study of 1,200 media reports that appeared in 13 Thai- language newspapers between 2004 and 2006 had stories about migrant workers but they often quoted government officials, the police and employers, said Sutthida Malikaew, a freelance Thai journalist and researcher. “There were no views of the migrant workers.”
BP: Burmese migrant workers are usually in the news when they rape or kill someone. It is every couple of weeks, we hear of a new story. However, given that there are just under 500,000 registered Burmese migrant workers and at least 500,000 unregistered migrant workers, it is not surprising that some of them commit crimes. One hears very little about the conditions they work in. Just that some of them commit crimes.